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'Disorderly' man part of crowd chanting IRA slogans

Published: 17 Oct 2012 11:47

A member of a disorderly crowd singing republican songs and chanting IRA slogans has been fined £100.

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A member of a disorderly crowd singing republican songs and chanting IRA slogans has been fined £100.

Thomas Peter Mulligan, of Killygullan, Lisnaskea, was seen swinging a chair above his head in an Indian take-away and swore at police.

The 42-year-old appeared at Fermanagh Court and admitted being disorderly.

A prosecutor explained that at approximately 1.50am on Monday, September 24, police went to the Bombay Spice take-away at Main Street, Lisnaskea, in relation to an alleged assault. They arrived to find a large disorderly crowd of around 20, mainly men, singing republican songs and chanting: "Ooh, ah, up the 'RA."

Mulligan was swinging a chair above his head. He was highly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet. He remained in the area and again came to the attention of the police, going up to one officer several times. At approximately 2.30am, as a member of the public was trying to take him away, his behaviour worsened. He shouted at one of the police: "You are nothing but one f--king p--ck."

Mulligan later told police: "I thought I was within my rights to back chat an officer."

Mulligan apologised to the officers.

"I have no recollection of the event at all," he told the court. "I'm very sorry."

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